Surviving Winter Appeal

Winter Fuel Payment


Help older people in Suffolk stay warm and healthy this winter

Unbelievable as it may sound, an average of 347* vulnerable people in Suffolk have died each year (2011-2014) from causes directly attributable to the cold and poor living conditions. The vast majority affected are over 65 years old.

This is the tip of the iceberg – almost 30,000^ households in Suffolk live in fuel poverty. Many suffer in silence during the coldest months, often hidden from view, withdrawn from the world around.

With the continual support of the East Anglian Daily Times, Suffolk Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter Appeal, now in its fifth year, has already raised over £310,000, and supported over 850 households during the harshest winter months. Lives have already been saved, but there is much more still to do. With a target of £100,000 for this year’s appeal the aim is to ensure that many more older people of our community don’t suffer from the cold this winter.

Suffolk Community Foundation is asking you to pledge your Winter Fuel Payment to help those desperately in need of extra support this winter.

The money raised by the Surviving Winter Appeal will be used in two ways:

  • Support payments to those who need additional financial help to heat their homes properly, eat properly, stay active and keep in touch with their family and community. The payments will be distributed in partnership with Citizens Advice Bureaux and Warm Homes Healthy People.
  • Grants to local charities and groups with a track record of looking after older and vulnerable people to ensure they can continue to provide their support and services throughout the winter months.

To show your support

  • Donate by card by calling 01473 602602
  • Donate online at
  • Complete this form to donate by cheque
  • Buy the East Anglian Daily Times and complete the form

*Public Health England

^Office for National Statistics

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